Saab 96 ‘two-stroke’, 1960
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Saab 96 ‘two-stroke’, 1960

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Saab 96 ‘two-stroke’, year 1960. Colour blue combined with a blue/white vinyl/cloth interior trimmed with grey carpet. This fantastic Saab 96 ‘two-stroke’ was sold new in Sweden. The automobile was extensively restored and overhauled, the excellent interior is still original! This Saab is in an excellent to superb top condition and the car drives perfectly. A photo report of the restoration is present. The car is powered by the legendary Saab 850 cc three cylinder two-stroke engine which produces the typical and wonderful ‘ring-ding-ding’ exhaust note. The gearbox is a three-speed manually operated unit with steering column-shift. This Saab is one of the very early Saab 96 cars built in 1959 succeeding the Saab 93. The Saab 96 is a Saab icon and a rally icon. This Saab 96 ‘two-stroke’ is a wonderful find for the Saab enthusiast and or collector.


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Svenska Aeroplan AB, SAAB originally started as a manufacturer of aero planes. After the second world war the firm decided to expand their business and started developing and manufacturing automobiles. It started with the Saab 92. The car was given a very aerodynamic bodywork and the car was fitted with a DKW two stroke engine. Saab decided to enter the car in rally competitions which brought great success. The Saabs were light, agile and aerodynamic. This combined with front wheel drive proved to the perfect ingredients for a successful rally car. The make became famous with amongst others rally driver Erik Carlsson.

The Saab 96 saw the light of day in the year 1960. Like it's predecessors the car was fitted with a three cylinder two stroke engine. In the year 1966 the two stroke engine was abandoned. From then the Saab 95 and 96 were fitted with a durable Ford V4 engine. The 3-speed gearbox was also discontinued in favour of a 4-speed fully synchronized box. The column gearshift was continued which certainly has advantages in rally driving! Considering the impressive rally history of Saab the 96 model is a perfect car to participate in historic rally events!

Technical data

3 cylinder two-stroke engine
cylinder capacity: 841 cc.
capacity: 57 bhp. at 5000 rpm.
gearbox: manual (column shift)
top speed: 145 km/h.
weight: 845 kg

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